Tesla, Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors, Inc.) is an American automotive and energy company based in Palo Alto, California. The company specializes in electric car manufacturing and, through its SolarCity subsidiary, solar panel manufacturing. It operates multiple production and assembly plants, notably Gigafactory 1 near Reno, Nevada, and its main vehicle manufacturing facility at Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. As of June 2018, Tesla sells the Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles, Powerwall and Powerpack batteries, solar panels, solar roof tiles, and some related products.
Tesla was founded in July 2003, by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, under the name Tesla Motors. The company's name was derived from physicist Nikola Tesla. In early Series A funding, Tesla Motors was joined by Elon Musk, J. B. Straubel and Ian Wright, all of whom are retrospectively allowed to call themselves co-founders of the company. Musk, who formerly served as chairman and is the current chief executive officer, said that he envisioned Tesla Motors as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer. Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in February 2017.
Tesla S (2012-present)
2012 Tesla Model S
2013 Tesla Model S P85
2014 Tesla Model S P85
2015 Tesla Model S P85d
2019 Tesla Model S
As of January 14, 2019, the Model S has three configurations: the Model S, the Model S Extended Range, and the Model S Performance with EPA ranges of 310 miles, 335 miles, and 315 miles respectively
With an estimated 50,931 units sold in 2016, the Model S ranked as the world's best-selling plug-in car for the second year in a row. As of September 2018, the Model S, with global sales of 250,000 units, ranks as the world's second best selling plug-in electric car in history after the Nissan Leaf (over 350,000 units)
Tesla Model 3 (2017-present)
2017 Tesla Model 3
2018 Tesla Model 3
2019 Tesla Model 3
The Model 3 (originally stylized as "☰") is Tesla's third-generation car. The car was originally intended to be called the Model E, but after a lawsuit from Ford that holds the trademark on "Model E", Musk announced on July 16, 2014 that the car would be called "Model 3" instead. The standard Model 3 is expected to deliver an EPA-rated all-electric range of 220 miles, while the long range model delivers 310 miles (500 km).
On March 31, 2016, Tesla unveiled the car.. Tens of thousands were reported waiting to reserve their spot. As of April 7, 2016, one week after the unveiling, Tesla reported over 325,000 reservations
Tesla Roadster (2017-present)
2017 Tesla Roadster
2019 Tesla Roadster
Through a surprise reveal at the end of the event that introduced the Semi on November 16, 2017, Tesla unveiled the 2020 Roadster. Musk said that the new model will have a range of 620 miles on the 200 kWh battery pack and will achieve 0–60 mph in 1.9 seconds; it also will achieve 0–100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the top speed will be over 250 mph. The vehicle will have three electric motors allowing for all-wheel drive, and torque vectoring during cornering
Tesla Model X (2015-present)
2018 Tesla Model X
2019 Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is a full-size crossover SUV with a lightweight aluminum body. Model X deliveries started in September 2015. It is offered in 5-, 6- and 7-passenger configurations. Notably, the passenger doors are articulating "falcon-wing" designs that open vertically.
Tesla Model Y (2015-present)
Tesla Model Y
In October 2015, Musk described a future "Model Y" that would be a full-sized SUV aimed for families. Tesla had trademarked the name "Model Y" in 2013. In August 2017, Tesla announced that the Model Y would use the Model 3 platform.
In February 2018, Tesla announced that they would unveil Model Y production plans within the next 3-6 months and posted open positions for Model Y production and design.
The Tesla Semi is an all-electric Class 8 semi-trailer truck. Production is expected to begin in 2019.
The vehicle's official announcement was at a November 16, 2017 press conference where two prototypes were shown. Musk confirmed that the range would be 500 miles and that the zero to 60 mph time would be 5 seconds versus 15 seconds for a similar truck with a diesel engine. The Semi will be powered by four electric motors of the type used in the Tesla Model 3
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